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News Release

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Media Relations

Bicyclist Fatally Struck by Hit and Run Vehicle NR11176bb

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Traffic Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a driver who fatally struck a bicyclist in Canoga Park.

On April 20, 2011 at about 9 p.m., a 17-year-old high school student and his friend were riding their bicycles on De Soto Avenue on the far right lane, just north of Valerio Street when he was struck by a passing vehicle.  The vehicle was described as a gray Toyota Corolla hatchback,   traveling in a northerly direction on De Soto Avenue when it struck the rear of one of the bicyclist.  The driver of the Toyota left the scene without rendering aid or providing identification as required by law.

The bicyclist, later identified as 17-year-old German Alex Romero, a resident of Reseda, died at the scene from the result of the impact.  The other bicyclist was not injured. The hit and run driver and vehicle remain outstanding.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division  Detective  Krajchir at 818-644-8034, or Officer Martinez at 818-644-8032. During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.